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Visit York Tourism Awards 2023: Winners

The best of York is waiting to be explored!

On Thursday 23rd March, the winners of the Visit York Tourism Awards 2023 were revealed at a prestigious awards ceremony at York Racecourse. These awards, sponsored by LNER, shine a spotlight on York's top businesses in the realms of tourism, hospitality, and culture, as they proudly claimed one of the 16 esteemed trophies up for grabs.

This event is more than just a celebration; it's an invitation to discover the gems that York holds. Allow the excitement of the Visit York Tourism Awards to pique your interest, and immerse yourself in the city's charm and hospitality on your next visit!

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Visit York Tourism Awards 2023: Winners

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Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

Winner: Castle Howard

Castle Howard is one of Britain’s finest stately homes, situated just outside York in the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Highly Commended: North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Finalists: The York Dungeon, The Web Adventure Park, JORVIK Viking Centre (York Archaeological Trust), The Hole in Wand York.

Award sponsored by Ward Hadaway

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Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year

Winner: Wigwam Holidays Ball Hall Farm

Wigwam Holidays Ball Hall Farm is a true rural hideaway, surrounded by native woodland with all the cabins overlooking the stunning wildlife lake.

Finalists: Wolds Edge Holiday Lodges, York Meadows Camping & Caravan Park

Sponsored by Greatest Hits Radio

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Cultural Venue of the Year

Winner: York Theatre Royal

York Theatre Royal has been producing great drama in the beautiful city of York for over 270 years and is one of the country’s leading producing theatres.

Finalists: York Mansion House, Grand Opera House York, York Barbican

Sponsored by Latimer Housing

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Retailer of the Year

Winner: York Gin

York Gin celebrates world-class products that are actually made in York. As well as gins, they sell a range of local beers, Yorkshire snacks and hand-made gifts.

Finalists: Avorium, Antiques Centre York, The Potions Cauldron

Sponsored by fidomoney

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Ethical, Responsible & Sustainable Tourism Award

Winner: Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens

Stillingfleet Lodge Garden offers a tranquil get-away from the hustle and bustle of life. A family garden that has been lovingly planted up over 40 years, it offers an oasis of calm.

Finalists: Avorium, Fairfax Corner

Sponsored by The Fabl

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Event or Festival the Year

Winner: York Theatre Royal - An Evening with Kyiv City Ballet

Directed by Ivan Kozlov and Ekaterina Kozlova, an unmissable night of dance including excerpts from ballets Tribute to Peace, Don Quixote, La Bayadere and Paquita. All funds raised supported Kyiv City Ballet and York Theatre Royal’s ongoing partnership.

Finalists: York Proms, York Maze Hallowscream, Yorktoberfest, York Fashion Week

Sponsored by LNER

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Experience of the Year

Winner: The Cookery School at The Grand, York

Based in York’s finest hotel, The Cookery School at The Grand, York offers classes for all skill levels. The expert tutors cater to everyone from total beginners and reluctant cooks to aspiring chefs and experts looking to widen their repertoire.

Highly Commended: The Wizard Walk of York

Finalists: The Hilt, The Deathly Dark Tours

Sponsored by Destination Core

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Large Hotel of the Year

Winner: Middletons Hotel – part of Daniel Thwaites

Nestled in secluded courtyard gardens and within the City walls, Middletons Hotel offers 56 cosy guest rooms spread over six historic, grade II listed buildings.

Highly Commended: The Grand, York

Finalist: Malmaison York

Sponsored by Streamline Taxis

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New Tourism Business Award

Winner: No.1 by GuestHouse, York

No.1 York is GuestHouse Hotel's latest home in this noble city just a 10-minute stroll from York Minster. The building is a Grade II Listed Regency townhouse of stately proportions and head-turningly good looks.

Finalists: 22 Yards Wine Bar & Merchants, Avorium, A Brecks Away Holiday Cottages, The Wizard Walk of York

Sponsored by PPS

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Pub of The Year

Winner: The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub

Great food, fine ales, plenty of gin and a friendly atmosphere – what more could you want from a restaurant and country pub?

Finalist: Valhalla York

Sponsored by Hunter Gee Holroyd

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Resilience and Innovation Award

Winner: Next Door But One CIC

An award-winning LGBTQ+ and disability-led theatre company based in York, promoting creative skills and encouraging community cohesion, particularly with those who face barriers to accessing theatre.

Finalists: City Sightseeing (Transdev), Yemen Heaven, The Deathly Dark Tours

Sponsored by York St John University

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Self Catering Accommodation of the Year

Winner: The Dovecote Barns

Multi-award winning converted 18th century eco barns beside the River Ouse. Experience a taste of country living with handmade country kitchens, luxury mattress bedrooms (all en-suite), log stoves and landscaped gardens.

Finalists: Wolds Edge Holiday Lodges, A Brecks Away Holiday Cottages

Sponsored by YO1 Radio

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Small Hotel of the Year

Winner: Grays Court Hotel & The Bow Room Restaurant

Dating back to 1080, and nestled in the heart of the exclusive Minster Quarter, the multi-award winning Grays Court Hotel is the original hidden gem.

Finalists: Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa, No.1 by GuestHouse, York

Sponsored by Inglis Chartered Accountants

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Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

Winner: Mother Shipton's Cave

Mother Shipton’s is a beloved Knaresborough landmark and England’s oldest visitor attraction, open since 1630. This popular visitor attraction tells the story of Mother Shipton and the Petrifying Well.

Finalists: York Army Museum, World of James Herriot

Sponsored by VisiSoft

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Taste of England Award

Winner: The Bow Room Restaurant at Grays Court Hotel

The Bow Room Restaurant at Grays Court Hotel has Michelin Plate status and 3 AA Rosettes.

Finalists: Corner Grill House Restaurant, Chopping Block at Walmgate Ale House, The Raj York

Sponsored by F.R. Fowler & Son

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B&B and Guest House of the Year

Winner: The Bishop & The Bison

The Bishop & The Bison is an AA 5 Star property that offers a unique interpretation of the British bed and breakfast.

Finalists: MonkBridge House, Westergate House, The Sidings Hotel & Restaurant

Sponsored by Shambles Market

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